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Instruments in the hand of God: Missionary women in Malaya, 1815-45

Doran, Christine (2004). Instruments in the hand of God: Missionary women in Malaya, 1815-45. Asian Journal of Women's Studies,10(1):7-24.

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Title Instruments in the hand of God: Missionary women in Malaya, 1815-45
Author Doran, Christine
Journal Name Asian Journal of Women's Studies
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 10
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1225-9276   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 7
End Page 24
Total Pages 18
Publisher Ewha Womans University Press
Field of Research 1699 - Other Studies in Human Society
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Most previous research on female missionaries in the Asia-Pacific region has dealt with the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and/or has concentrated on American women. In contrast, this article explores the motives and experiences of British women who were actively involved in mission stations in the Straits Settlements in Malaya, working under the auspices of the London Missionary Society; and it examines the early period of missionary activity in the region, from 1815 to 1845. The paper focuses on a key, but previously neglected issue: the women's motives for becoming involved in missionary endeavor. These women created a notional space for themselves as mission workers, firstly by means of ideas about being useful instruments in God's work; and secondly by asserting a direct relationship with their God, unmediated by male missionaries or the officials of the missionary society. This conceptual strategy gave them scope for maneuver within gendered power structures and thus some degree of social and political leverage.
Keywords malaya
britain
women
missionaries
motives
beliefs
 
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